Rick Riordan is the author of the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series and The Heroes of Olympus series. He also wrote the trilogy The Kane Chronicles and collaborated in the 39 Clues.


Rick Riordan

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Richard Russell "Rick" Riordan, Jr. is an American author best known for writing the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.

Born: June 5, 1964 (age 49), San Antonio, Texas

Awards: Hampshire Book Award

Education: Alamo Heights High School, University of Texas at Austin

Nominations: Carnegie Medal in Literature

Rick Riordan loves to write about mythology of any kind (Ex. Egyptian, Greek, Roman). He is planning to write a Norse Mythology Series; the first book is planned to be released in 2015. 

He lives in San Antionio, Texas with his wife and two sons Patrick and Haley. They inspired him to write the Percy Jackson & the Olympians. Soon afterwards followed The Heroes of Olympus and in between the Kane Chronicles.


He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus. He is also the author of the multi-award-winning Tres Navarre mystery series for adults.

For fifteen years, Rick taught English and history at public and private middle schools in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Texas. In 2002, Saint Mary's Hall honored him with the school's first Master Teacher Award.

While teaching full time, Riordan began writing mystery novels for grownups. His Tres Navarre series went on to win the top three national awards in the mystery genre - the Edgar, the Anthony and the Shamus. Riordan turned to children's fiction when he started The Lightning Thief as a bedtime story for his oldest son.

Today over 35 million copies of his Percy Jackson, Kane Chronicles, and Heroes of Olympus books are in print in the United States, and rights have been sold into more than 35 countries. Rick is also the author of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, another #1 New York Times bestseller.

Rick Riordan now writes full-time. He lives in Boston with his wife and two sons and pets.